Choose your adventure
Tamworth Mountain Bike Park
Tamworth Mountain Bike Park offers about a dozen tracks for riders of different abilities, from a kids’ track that’s a great introduction to the sport, through to two fast and furious extreme black runs.
Peel River levee bank track
The Peel River levee bank follows the top of the levee banks from Scotts Road in the south to Jewry Street in the north. Also located along this track are a number of fitness stations where the energetic can tone up or work out on a variety of fitness equipment apparatus. It is a fully sealed, gently undulating track along the river, suitable to walk, run or cycle.
Just beyond Hanging Rock village near Nundle is Sheba Dam, a lovely spot for a picnic or a bushwalk. There are barbecue facilities, and the bush setting is replete with trees, birds, lizards, wallabies and pademelons. This is regarded as good fossicking country, with zircons, sapphires and other semi-precious stones to be found. And the fish are known to bite here too.
Sheba Dam | Hanging Rock, via Nundle
Out from Barraba, Horton Falls Reserve is great for the bushwalker. For the fitter person, there’s a two-hour walk to base of the gorge, for which the reward is stunning scenery – but there’s also an easier track from the car park to the top of the falls. In this reserve, you can also take a swim or rough it camping.
Horton Falls | Horton Reserve, Barraba
Warrabah National Park
North of Tamworth is Warrabah National Park, a tranquil national park split by the stunning Namoi River. Massive granite boulders are set above the valley’s tranquil pools where you can fish, swim or picnic. Sections of the river offer challenging rapids, which are perfect for canoeing adventures.
Oxley Scenic Lookout & Kamilaroi Walking Track
The Oxley Scenic Lookout provides visitors with panoramic views of the city of Tamworth and Peel River Valley. The Lookout is surrounded by natural bushland and is the base camp for the Kamilaroi Walking Track.This track winds its way through the bushland of Oxley Park linking the Marsupial Park, Oxley Lookout and Flagstaff Mountain over a distance of several kilometres. Some sections of the walk track are moderate however other sections are quite challenging. The Lookout is located at the top of White Street and is easily accessible by vehicle (gates are locked at night). There is free parking, toilets and picnic facilities available for visitors.
Street and cycleway maps of the city and villages can be found on the council website.
Riverside Walk, Nundle
Nundle has a new Riverside Walk – a shared walk/cycleway that follows the lovely Peel River.
Nundle Visitor Information Outlet | 103 Jenkins Street, Nundle | P: 02 6769 3026
Tamworth also hosts a 5km Parkrun every Saturday (parkrun.com.au/tamworth).
Tamworth Running Festival
The Tamworth Running Festival in August includes a walk, fun run, 10km and half-marathon, as well as a 60m dash for cash. The Tamworth Running Festival 10km is the 3rd oldest Fun Run in NSW and a much loved contribution to the lifestyle of North West NSW. A flat course, so perfect for those looking to hit a PB or new to running! More details can be found at www.tamworthrunningfestival.org.au.
Skate parks have been constructed throughout the region in varying shapes and sizes to accommodate different skill levels of skateboarders from novice to expert.
Skate Parks are located at:
Barraba | in O’Meara Park, Queen Street
Kootingal | in Chaffey Street, adjacent to the local Scout Hall
Manilla | in Chaffey Park, Strafford Street
Tamworth | in Peel Street, at the northern end of the CBD past the Darling Street intersection